Is America an Idea?

By |2019-11-29T17:02:06-06:00May 30th, 2018|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Conservatism, Culture, England, Patriotism|

The civic-nationalist view holds that subscribing to the philosophy of the Founding—equality, opportunity, individualism—is the defining trait of the American people. But others argue that it is those uniquely American practices that order the rhythms of life that make us love the United States as our home… This past weekend, there was a wedding some [...]

Sibelius, “Finlandia,” and the Cry of Freedom

By |2020-08-12T00:50:58-05:00December 5th, 2017|Categories: Audio/Video, Culture, Europe, Freedom, Jean Sibelius, Music, Patriotism|

In 1900, Jean Sibelius revised his patriotic tone-poem, “Finlandia,” and its popularity grew in leaps and bounds. Suddenly the world knew about Sibelius, “Finlandia,” and Finnish national pride. Jean Sibelius Jean Sibelius’ tone-poem, Finlandia, wasn’t supposed to be the program headliner that Saturday night at the San Francisco Symphony. The main draw was the Sibelius Violin [...]

Nationalism and Totalitarianism

By |2019-08-13T17:53:47-05:00November 20th, 2017|Categories: Europe, History, Mark Malvasi, Nationalism, Patriotism, Western Civilization|

The militant nationalism of the twentieth century made it futile to assert clear ideas, to ask honest questions, to make reasoned judgments, or to engage in truthful debate… Permit me to begin at the end. Joseph Pearce is concerned with the power of an international bureaucracy and the advent of a world government that will [...]

Defending Dr. Johnson

By |2017-11-10T22:04:53-06:00November 10th, 2017|Categories: History, Joseph Pearce, Language, Patriotism|

Samuel Johnson believed that just as pedants can abuse the objective meaning of words, distorting them for their own purposes, so can scoundrels abuse the healthy love of home and homeland, parroting patriotic words for self-serving reasons… Can it really be true, as Mark Malvasi has claimed in two separate essays on these pages, that [...]

Harry Jaffa, Walter Berns, & American Conservatism

By |2019-12-26T16:57:32-06:00November 5th, 2017|Categories: American Republic, Books, Conservatism, Constitution, Federalist, Leo Strauss, Patriotism, Russell Kirk|

Historical context, for members of the Straussian school, is “historicism,” a form of moral relativism that believes that there are no fixed truths, only ideas appropriate for their historical moment… Patriotism Is Not Enough: Harry Jaffa, Walter Berns, and the Arguments That Redefined American Conservatism by Steven Hayward (263 pages, Encounter Books, 2016) Dr. Steven Hayward [...]

Toward Patriotism: An Alternative to Nationalism

By |2020-05-19T15:19:18-05:00September 24th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Europe, George Orwell, History, Joseph Pearce, Mark Malvasi, Nationalism, Patriotism|

Nationalism has not brought and will not bring unity, if for no other reason than nationalism insists on uniformity and must always exclude those who do not conform. Yet, if there is a chance to achieve some measure of unity, patriotism might enable it. In his thoughtful response to my essay, “History as Tragedy and [...]

How to Be an American

By |2017-10-07T17:19:01-05:00July 3rd, 2017|Categories: American Republic, Featured, History, Patriotism|

The one thing every American shares is that we are immigrants, and this gives birth to our self-reliance, our willingness to risk tomorrow on faith, and our freedom from many of the cultural straitjackets found back in the Old Country. It’s all there in the art. All either necessary for immigration or fostered by it… [...]

“Delicate Cluster”

By |2020-06-11T13:42:49-05:00June 14th, 2017|Categories: Civil War, Culture, Liberty, Patriotism, Poetry|

Delicate cluster! flag of teeming life! Covering all my lands—all my sea-shores lining! Flag of death! (how I watch'd you through the smoke of battle pressing! How I heard you flap and rustle, cloth defiant!) Flag cerulean—sunny flag, with the orbs of night dappled! Ah my silvery beauty—ah my woolly white and crimson! Ah to [...]

What Is Patriotism?

By |2019-06-27T11:11:40-05:00May 28th, 2017|Categories: American Republic, Featured, Patriotism|

Is the true patriot one who is committed to supporting and preferring the actions of his country simply because they are the actions of his country? Or is a real patriot one who loves his country because he loves the common project her citizens pursue?… During his inaugural address, President Donald Trump stated, “From this day [...]

The Dangers of Diseased Patriotism

By |2017-07-08T07:42:58-05:00May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Books, Featured, Patriotism|Tags: , |

There is something more dangerous than secularism, and that is a nation-state masquerading as God incarnate… Americanism: The Fourth Great Western Religion, by David Gelernter (Doubleday, 2007) Midway through a century battered by ideological warfare, C.S. Lewis thought it unnecessary to remind anyone that “love of one’s country… becomes a demon when it becomes a [...]

Violence with a Purpose: Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge”

By |2020-09-17T14:09:28-05:00December 14th, 2016|Categories: Culture, Featured, Film, Military, Patriotism, War|

In this secular age, the fact that Mel Gibson did not shy away from the reality that the hero of "Hacksaw Ridge" was a conservative, Bible-believing Christian makes the film all the more astounding. Mel Gibson’s new film, Hacksaw Ridge continues the controversial actor and director’s taste for gusto, guts, and glory. From Mad Max [...]

The Virtues of Patriotism, the Vices of Nationalism

By |2019-07-10T23:23:51-05:00November 22nd, 2016|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Featured, George Stanciu, Nationalism, Patriotism, St. John's College|

Patriotism—the love of place, countrymen, and local traditions—lasted for millennia, until replaced by nationalism, which we believe is a natural outgrowth of tribal life, instead of an invention of Western Europe… I sat through elementary school not knowing that to guarantee new generations of virtuous and patriotic citizens, the French Revolution established the first comprehensive [...]

A Review: “Look Homeward, America”

By |2014-02-06T12:52:18-06:00March 9th, 2013|Categories: Books, Patriotism|

Look Homeward, America, by Bill Kauffman Bill Kauffman is not ashamed to be an American. In fact, he loves his country, though he is also at pains to explain precisely what “America” it is that he loves: There are two Americas: the televised America, known and hated by the world, and the rest of us. [...]

New Groundbreaking Study of Edmund Burke

By |2013-11-27T14:57:07-06:00September 17th, 2012|Categories: Books, Edmund Burke, Ian Crowe, Lee Cheek, Patriotism|

Patriotism and Public Spirit: Edmund Burke and the Role of the Critic in Mid-18th Century Britain, is a groundbreaking study of the great political philosopher Edmund Burke. The book provides a scholarly advancement of existing knowledge regarding Burke and the intellectual milieu that was so important to his development as a thinker. Chapter one offers an [...]

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